Banner: Sithara Entertainments
Cast: Nani, Shraddha Srinath, Sathya Raj, Praveen, Sampath and others
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematographer: Sanu Varughese
Art: Avinash Kolla
Editor: Navin Nooli
Producers: Suryadevara Naga Vamsi
Written and direction: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Arjun(Nani) is an ex Ranji player who leads a depressed life with his wife Sara(Shraddha Srinath) and son Nani. This life style of his does not go well with Sara and especially his son who at a crucial moment edges Arjun to do something in life and become his real life hero. Rest of the story is as to how Arjun changes his life style and embraces cricket back and becomes an inspiration for many.
Set in 1996, the story then narrates how Arjun, now 36-year-old wants to play for Ranji matches again, to fulfil his young son’s wish.
Nani, without a doubt, has given his best performance. Matured acting this is. The internal turmoil of a failed cricketer, the helplessness of a penniless father, and the struggle with all the problems… Nani has portrayed them with perfection. He is also quite believable in the jersey of a cricketer. He has carried the mood from start to finish.
Besides cricket and sentiments, this is also performances driven movie and Nani leads from the front.
Shraddha Srinath as his wife has also given competent performance. Hers is not a glamorous role. She has pulled it off well.
Sathya Raj as Nani’s coach is excellent. After Nani, Sathya Raj gets more role. The kid Ronit is cute and gives touching expressions. Sampath as coach is neat.
Routine cricket scenes bring the pace down a bit.
All in all, “Jersey” is an inspirational sports movie that tells the triumph of the common man and teaches you to never give up. Aided by natural performance of Nani and heart-warming moments, “Jersey” is a winner. This will appeal to audiences who like classy movies.
Watch it without any second thought .
Bottom-line: Right Pitch!